🚀Happy Science Fiction Day!

Isaac Asimov (born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov; circa January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992)

Science Fiction Day, January 2, is the date that was chosen to correspond with the official birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, born January 2nd, 1920. Asimov was responsible for some incredible works of science fiction literature such as Nightfall and the Foundation Trilogy.   January 2, is also the birth date… Continue reading 🚀Happy Science Fiction Day!

Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Some of the biggest names in genre were born on the Leo-Virgo cusp, from August 19 to August 25. Here’s a list of Famous people born on the Leo-Virgo cusp: , Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Greg Bear, as well as Robert Plant, Fred Durst, Connie Chung, Kenny Rogers, Wilt Chamberlain, Kim Cattrall, , John Lee Hooker,… Continue reading Famous Birthdays on the Leo-Virgo Cusp

Hold Fast to Dreamers

“Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.”  – “Dreams” by Langston Hughes   The passing of a loved one is an opportunity to face your own mortality; not to wallow… Continue reading Hold Fast to Dreamers

ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

As with everything else, the philosophy behind dark, weird, and horrific fiction has evolved over time. This philosophical evolution of horror fiction arguably began in earnest with Edgar Allan Poe—though Poe also nurtured a sense of romantic love, which conquers, as well as defeats, his harshest poetry, e.g. “Alone.” Bleaker still, and more callous in… Continue reading ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

MEMOIR: GROWING UP THE SON OF A ‘MAD MAN’

There are many memories of the so-called “golden era” of advertising that are conjured up expertly by Matthew Weiner’s TV show Mad Men on AMC Networks. Largely, it is the effort to create a world that somehow captures the excitement of an era that stood for unyielding possibility. For someone like me, who was a small… Continue reading MEMOIR: GROWING UP THE SON OF A ‘MAD MAN’

The Brain Beneath the Pins — An Interview with Actor Doug Bradley

When I sat down to interview veteran actor Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) at a horror convention in Louisville, Kentucky, I expected we’d only talk for fifteen minutes. We ended up chatting for nearly an hour. You see, Bradley has a lot to talk about (at least, if you ask him the right questions). Hell, I didn’t… Continue reading The Brain Beneath the Pins — An Interview with Actor Doug Bradley

Artist Spotlight: Samuel Araya

      And lastly, we turn our attention to our Artist Spotlight, the amazing Samual Araya and his full cover art for A Darke Phantastique.   Samuel Araya is a professional illustrator. His work has appeared in a variety of media, from videogames, T-shirts, posters, and records, to cards and books, including two editions of the prestigious Spectrum: The… Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Samuel Araya

Author Spotlight: Tom Conoboy

Even S. T. Joshi exclaimed that he’d never read anything like “Phoenix on the Orange River”, the final story in A Darke Phantastique. Written by Tom Conoboy, it begins:   Once, on a moonlit road, quiet and warm, Death trundled by with a handcart bearing the belongings of my father. I was kissing a woman at the time, Magenta… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Tom Conoboy

Author Spotlight: Weston Ochse

Weston Ochse, our next spotlight in our continuing series on contributors to A Darke Phantastique, gets into the character of Ernest Hemingway in “The Fine Art of Courage”:   “The matador must have a spiritual enjoyment of the moment of killing. Killing cleanly and in a way which gives you esthetic pleasure and pride has always been one… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Weston Ochse

Author Spotlight: Nickolas Furr

“In the Wardrobe” is the story by our next Author Spotlight contributor to A Darke Phantastique, Nickolas Furr. Here’s a sneak peak:   Lord Butler-Graham leaned on his walking-stick, hand over hand, his knuckles rolling beneath scarred skin as he shifted his weight. The lamps glowed dimly, casting shadows about the room. A few dozen of the club’s gentlemen sat… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Nickolas Furr